Washington Legislature Makes History, Passes Clean Cars 2030
On April 14, the Washington State legislature passed Clean Cars 2030, setting the most ambitious timeline in the country for sunsetting gasoline vehicles! The legislation sets a target to sell only electric vehicles in Washington state by 2030. It is the first gas car phaseout policy passed by a state legislature.
Coltura was the first to call for Washington to phaseout the sale of gas cars back in 2017, and led a diverse coalition of environmental, faith-based and public health groups in advocating for the groundbreaking legislation.
Clean Cars 2030 was passed as an amendment to E2SHB 1287, which mandates electric utilities prepare for a zero emissions transportation future. The bill now heads to Governor Jay Inslee for signature.
Washington’s 2030 phaseout target is five years ahead of California’s 2035 target announced by Governor Newsom last year. It builds on recent momentum towards an all-EV future, including GM’s announcement that they will only sell EVs after 2035 and President Biden’s infrastructure plan calling for a $174 billion investment in EV incentives and charging. The new law will prompt businesses, developers, consumers and governments to invest in a future where 100% of new cars are electric by 2030.
Thank you to the many, many supporters who advocated for Clean Cars 2030 by contacting their representatives, writing to local papers and supporting Coltura’s work!